Three Cobras named to All-Tournament team at Nationals

May 24th, 2012

Three members of the 3rd Place Parkland Softball team were selected for the All-Tournament team. Pitcher/outfielder Taylor Hull, 2nd Baseman Kelsey Kniepmann, and outfielder Tana Rentschler were all selected by a vote taken by the All-Tournament selection committee.

Hull had an outstanding tournament going 3-0 on in her starts compiling a 1.54 ERA while walking 2 and striking out 13  in 22.2 innings of work. She also hit .350 and drove in 5 runs. Kniepmann was flawless in the field, cleanly fielding all 27 of her chances while hitting .400 over the three days.  She had 10 hits and drove in six runs to pace the offense.  Rentschler hit .316 during the series but got the hits and made big plays when it counted the most, especially during the Cobras five straight victories. Just missing making the team despite putting up big numbers were third baseman Raeshel Braden who hit a team high .476 over the six games with 10 hits and a team high 5 runs scored and center fielder Megan DeWerff who hit .500 and lead the team in on-base percentage and slugging percentage.   Congrats go out to all our players and coaches for their performances.

All-Tournament Team: Sara Rogers, Illinois Central College, Ginger Lonergan, Jones County Junior College, Carleigh Hall, Cowley College, Taylor Hull, Parkland College, Tana Rentschler, Parkland College, Kelsey Kniepman, Parkland College, Brooke Thomas, LSU-Eunice, Tina Schulz, LSU-Eunice, Traci Trahan, LSU-Eunice, Cheyenne Adams, Phoenix College, Crystal Garcia, Phoenix College, Gina VanArdsdall, Phoenix College. Other honors were as follows: Outstanding Defensive Player - Kelsy Hollier, LSU-Eunice, Outstanding Offensive Player - Darlen Valles, Phoenix College, Outstanding Pitcher - Sara Ray, Phoenix College, Most Valuable Player - Rachel Myer, Phoenix College, Coach of the Tournament - Heinz Mueller, Phoenix College

Again, congratulations to all the athletes honored, and especially to our outstanding Cobras!

Seven Parkland Baseball Players earn All-Region and/or All-M-WAC honors

May 24th, 2012

Seven members of the Parkland College Baseball team have been honored as All-Region or All-Midwest Athletic Conference for their performances this season.  Pitcher Josh Witt, catcher Bobby Burns, and shortstop Wes Minton were each named 1st Team All-Region and All-MWAC while pitcher Bo Weir was a 1st Team All-Region and 2nd Team All-Conference selection. Pitcher Zach Hall and first baseman Adam Casson were named 2nd Team All-Conference and pitcher Clay Manering was an Honorable Mention choice.

Witt emerged as one the Cobras most consistent starters going 7-1 this season with a 1.83 earned run average. He walked only 7 hitters and struck out 55 in 64.0 innings of work.  He has signed with NCAA D-2 University of Indianapolis for next season. The Greyhounds are one of eight teams who have qualified for the D-2 World Series which starts this weekend.  Bobby Burns was the team's leader on the field holding down the top catching spot and excelling both defensively and at the plate. Burns handled 286 chances without an error and had 21 assists. At the plate he hit a team high .377 with 5 HR and 38 RBI.  He has signed with Morehead State of the Ohio Valley Conference. Wes Minton was a two year starter at shortstop for the Cobras he hit .340 this season and .378 for his career. He had 12 HR and 98 RBI during his career and his 41 doubles ties him for first in career doubles, a record held by Shane Smith since 1995. He will continue his career at Central Missouri State.

Despite battling injuries during the season, fellow Central Missouri signee Bo Weir put up some of the Cobras most dominating performances. His 14 strikeout no-hitter against ICC in March was undoubtedly the best performance by an M-WAC pitcher this season. His 1.06 earned run average is a new school record breaking the previous mark set by Kevin Leahey in 1995. His 153 career strikeouts places him 4th all-time in that category.

Fellow sophomore left-handed hurlers Zach Hall (Austin Peay) and Clay Manering (Ball State) completed an outstanding foursome of starters for the Cobras this year. Hall was 7-3 with a 3.65 ERA striking out 64 hitters in 66.2 innings. Manering was the PC workhorse pitching a team high 81.0 innings and striking out a team leading 88 men while going 7-4 on the season.

Freshman first baseman Adam Casson also earned post-season honors. The Pontiac freshman saw playing time early on as the designated hitter but became the Cobras starting first baseman when Jeff Limbaugh saw his season come to an end with a broken hand. Casson filled in admirably for PC hitting .338 with 2 HR and 26 RBI while making only 1 error at first.

The Cobras ended the season (40-20) after falling to Heartland in the Region 24 Championship game. They finished just a game back of the Hawks in the M-WAC standings as well, missing out on a co-championship with a loss on the final day of the regular season.

Cobra Baseball Ends Season In Regional Final

May 21st, 2012

The Parkland College baseball team's dream of going to the NJCAA D-II World Series came to a disappointing end on Monday a as the #12 Cobras fell to #2 Heartland 3-0.  With the victory, the Hawks (51-6) will return to the Series while the Cobras see their season end at a respectable (40-20).

The two teams picked up on Monday in the bottom of the 2nd inning after the game had been suspended on Sunday afternoon due to heavy rain in the Springfield area. The Cobras sent Sunday starter Clay Manering to the hill while Heartland chose to turn to their ace Aaron Hauge.  Both pitchers threw well keeping their opponent scoreless until the 4th when HCC got on the board. Manering issued a lead-off walk and after the Hawks bunted the runner to second, Andre Sopena then slapped a single just out of the reach of the Parkland second baseman to score the first run of the game.

PC would not get many chances off Hauge who worked 5 innings on Monday walking four and striking out ten. He was at his best when the Cobras got men on base coming up with a big strike out time after time. PC left 10 men on base during the contest and struck out a season-high 15 times.  Jason Ziegler relieved Manering in the 5th and pitched two strong innings before the Hawks got to him for two important insurance runs in the 7th.  Michale Failoni's RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Mike Wieland drove in the two runs. Josh Witt worked a scoreless 8th for the Cobras, keeping them within striking distance.

Parkland would have one final shot in the eighth when Adam Casson singled to start the inning but HCC summoned closer Clint Stroud who got Bobby Burns to hit into a 5-4-3 double play and a strikeout to end the threat.  Stroud retired three of the four hitters he faced to earn his 12th save of the season. Hauge, the M-WAC and Region 24 Pitcher of the Year, earned the win to improve to (10-1) while Clay Manering fell to (7-4). Joel Stucker had two of the Cobras five hits while Aaron Vogt had two of Heartland's six hits on the day.

CobraSportsNet salutes the Parkland baseball team and all the families and fans who support them!

Cobras Dump John Wood; Rain Prevents Games With Heartland For Regional Crown

May 20th, 2012

In the loser's bracket final at region 24 baseball, the #2 seed Parkland College Cobras ran their record to 40-19 as they defeated the #6 seed John Wood CC by a final score of 9-1, The Blazers ended their season at 36-19. The Cobras next must defeat Heartland in the championship final twice in order to advance to the NJCAA World Series.  Rains prevented play on Sunday, and we will post whatever information we get as soon as we get it pertaining to the rescheduling of the games.

More details as they become available.

Cobra Baseball Wins Late Saturday Tilt Versus DACC

May 20th, 2012

Parkland's Cobras ran their season record to 39-19 en route to a convincing 8-0 win versus rival DACC in region 24 tounament play.  In the final game of the Saturday session, PC used another strong pitching performance from a sophomore lefty. This time it was Bo Weir who went six solid innings shutting out the hot-hitting Jaguars on four hits while striking out 8. James Naile worked the 7th inning striking out 2 of the 3 hitters he faced. DACC had scored 36 runs in their previous three games at the tournament making the shutout  even more impressive.

Both teams struggled to score early but PC took advantage of a Jaguar miscue as Joe Trennepohl reached on a two-base error and scored on a Landon Wietekamp single.  The Jaguar defense was feast or famine on Saturday as both the DACC third baseman and center fielder made outstanding plays taking away base hits and scoring opportunities for the Cobras but four errors resulted in four of the Parkland runs.

Leading 1-0, PC scored twice in the 5th on an Adam Casson double and one of the DACC errors. PC then wrapped up the win scoring five times in the 8th. Trennepohl walked with the bases loaded to force in a run, Wietekamp followed with a two-run double, and Joel Stucker ended the game with a two run single.

Parkland (39-19) will hope to stay alive for at least one more day when they face John Wood at 1:00 on Sunday. The Blazers gave the Cobras their lone loss in the tourney, upsetting the Cobras 7-3 on Friday night. Next up for the Cobras is a redux with John Wood CC, a team that defeated the Cobras earlier in the tournament.  The winner of that 1 p.m. elimination game will be into the finals against Heartland at 4 p.m.  Heartland has yet to drop a game in the regionals thus far.

Baseball Cobras Down Lincoln College To Remain In Tourney

May 19th, 2012

Parkland's baseball team looked pretty sporty in defeating Lincoln College at the region 24 tournament on Saturday afternoon.  The final score was 10-1.  The Cobras ran their season record to 38-19 ahead of a late Saturday night "date" with rivals from DACC in the loser's bracket.

Facing elimination, the Cobras got a strong pitching performance from sophomore Zach Hall. The lefty went seven strong innings shutting out the Lynx on just two hits. He walked one and struck out eight before giving way to Mark Hode in the 8th inning.  The Cobra offense broke on top early as Kieston Greene started the game with a double and Jake Pewitt followed with a single. Greene came home on a passed ball while Pewitt scored on sacrifice fly by Adam Casson.

PC would not score over the next three innings despite several chances. The Cobras left two men on in the 2nd and 3rd, and left the bases loaded in the 4th. In the 5th, PC scored 3 runs on just one hit taking advantage of 5 Lynx walks. Nolan Wilson, Greene, and Pewitt all picked up RBI in the inning.  PC would tack on solo runs in the 6th and 7th before ending the game in the 8th as Jack Wietlispach hit a towering solo home run to left and Joel Stucker hit a two run blast deep over the wall in right.

Stucker was 2-2 with 3 walks and 2 runs scored while Greene and Pewitt each had three hits in the contest. In addition to 11 hits, the Cobras drew 11 walks and were hit by 3 pitches.  They could have scored more runs but left 14 men on base for the second consecutive game.

Softball: Cobras Finish Season #3 In The Nation!

May 19th, 2012

Parkland dropped a 8-0 run-rule game to Phoenix College on Saturday to end their brilliant and gritty run at the national title.  Moving on to their fifth straight elimination game in less than 24 hours, PC finally hit the wall and had run out of gas.  The Cobras appeared to take an early lead when Kniepmann tripled to start the game and came home on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze by Braden, but Kniepmann was called out for leaving 3rd base too early.  The game stayed tied until the 3rd when the hard-hitting Phoenix team came to life scoring 8 runs in the next two innings to break the game wide open. Braden and McNutt had two hits in the defeat as Parkland College (47-20) comes home with the 3rd Place Trophy. The Cobras have now made eight trips to Nationals since 2001, coming home with three 2nd places finishes, to go along with  3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 9th place finishes. Phoenix went on to win their 9th National title, stunning top seed LSU-Eunice (by 5-1 and 2-1) later on Saturday. Ali Kimble started in the circle and was hit hard by the proficient hitters from Phoenix.  Parkland bats were mostly silenced, with the Cobras generating very few scoring threats after the first inning.  Taylor Hull relieved Kimble, but fared only somewhat better.  The pair of Kimble and Hull were a major component of this excellent Cobra squad.  This day it was just not to be.

From everyone here at CobraSportsNet, we want to thanks everyone associated with PC softball and say a hearty WELL DONE to our team for a most exciting and entertaining season.  We are SO proud of you all!

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Baseball: Cobras Fall To John Wood At Regionals

May 19th, 2012

The Parkland College baseball team lost to John Wood on Friday night 7-3 in the second round of the Region 24 Baseball Tournament in Springfield. The Cobras drop into the loser's bracket where they will face Lincoln College at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon. The Lynx knocked off Lewis and Clark 8-3 to stave off elimination earlier in the day.

Defensive miscues and failure to take advantage of opportunities on offense spelled defeat for Parkland on Friday as the Cobras made four errors resulting in five unearned runs and hit into two double plays while stranding 13 runners on offense.  John Wood took advantage early scoring two unearned runs in the first and tacking on another in the second to build a 3-0 lead.

Parkland appeared to be gaining momentum in the 4th, after cutting the lead to 3-1 and loading the bases with only one out.  Landon Wietekamp's bouncer into the hole between short and third appeared to score another run but baserunner Joey Migliaccio ran into the ball resulting in the second out and Jake Pewitt grounded out to end the rally.

The Blazers tacked on single runs in the 5th and 6th to make it 5-1. The Cobras would get the first two runners on in each of those innings but failed to push across a run. From inning three to eight PC would strand 10 runners and hit into two double plays. John Wood added two insurance runs in the 8th before the Cobras mounted a mini-comeback on Kieston Greene's two run blast in the 9th but it wasn't enough as the Cobras dropped into the loser's bracket.

Greene and Jack Wietlispach paced the Cobra attack with 3 hits apiece. Josh Witt (7-1) was the tough luck loser allowing five runs, but only one earned in six innings of work. The sophomore right-hander walked one and struck out seven in the loss.

Cobras Rally, Defeat Cowley CC 3-2!! Next Up: Phoenix CC

May 19th, 2012

A two-out, seventh-inning single by Kelsey Kniepmann drove in two team mates and allowed Parkland to grab a thrilling come from behind win against powerhouse Cowley CC at the national tournament.  The win assures the Cobras of finishing no lower than third overall. In the early morning game, Taylor Hull threw her third straight masterpiece at Nationals beating the Tigers 3-1.  Hull (12-6) allowed just a first inning run before shutting down Cowley on just five hits over the final six innings.  It appeared the Cobra run would come to an end versus Cowley as PC could not get on the board during the first 6 innings. But in the 7th, PC made another amazing comeback.

Tana Rentschler led off the inning with a single and moved to third after two infield ground outs. Sophomore Megan DeWerff slapped a single up the middle which appeared would drive in the tying run but the Cowley second baseman made an outstanding play keeping the ball in the infield keeping Rentschler from scoring. DeWerff alertly scampered to 2nd after Cowley attempted to throw Tana out at third after rounding the base trying to score.  With runners at 2nd and 3rd and two outs, Kelsey Kniepmann ripped a single to center scoring both runners to give PC a 2-1 lead. Macy Shupe followed with a single and Raeshel Braden drove in an insurance run with another single. Hull then retired the Tigers on three infield pop ups to wrap up the amazing comeback win.

With the win against Cowley, the next team in line is another toughie, Phoenix CC.

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Second Straight One-Run Win Propels Parkland Into Final Four

May 18th, 2012

Another tough back-and-forth contest for the Cobras has sent Parkland on to the final four of the NJCAA DII National Softball Championship.  On a hot and humid afternoon in Clinton, Mississippi, Parkland was able to win their third game of the day to again stay alive and keep their dreams of playing for a National Championship alive in a 3-2 final over the higher seeded Bobcats of Jones County Junior College.  The Bobcats, playing in their home state of Mississippi, would give the Cobras all they could handle. Liz Sprague would get the offense going with a towering shot over the left field fence to put the Cobras up 1-0 in the bottom of the second.  The lead would be short lived however as Jones County would bounce back with two runs of their own to take their own lead in the third.  The score would remain that way until the "Comeback Cobras" would strike again, beginning with a one out triple by Megan DeWerff, one she smashed into the right field corner and then showed her great speed getting around the bases.  The equalizer would be provided by Tana Rentschler as she would knock a base hit through the infield to score Kelsey Kniepmann with the go-ahead run.  Ali Kimble would shut the door on the Bobcats to end their season and send the Cobras into the National Final Four.   The Cobras will do battle with Cowley College from the State of Kansas at 9:30 on Friday morning. Brian Schutte brings you the call as the Cobras ended a long day at the ballpark with their third straight win of the day.  Click below for full audio podcast.


Parkland Softball Stays Alive In Close Win Vs. Muskegon

May 18th, 2012

The Cobras faced Muskegon in the second game of the afternoon and sent Taylor Hull to the rubber. The freshman threw her second consecutive excellent game earning the win allowing no earned runs on five hits, walking none and striking out five.  With both teams trying to avoid elimination, the Cobras were able to upend the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks in a thrilling 2-1 final.  This game was extremely well played as Muskegon would take advantage of a rare Cobra error in the tournament in the first to jump out to the early lead. After Muskegon scored their unearned run in the 1st, Parkland tied it the third as Megan DeWerff reached on a single, advanced to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a Kelsey Kniepmann single, and scored on an infield ground out by Macy Shupe. PC would grab the lead in the bottom of the 6th as Raeshel Braden doubled over the head of the right fielder and came home on Dayna McNutt's double into left-center.  Both pitchers threw outstanding games but Taylor Hull would hold off Muskegon in the seventh to secure the win guarantee the Cobras at least a top-six finish in the tourney. In the top of the 7th, she retired the lead-off hitter but gave up a single to the next batter. then Hull buckled down and retired the final two hitters on a pop-up to second and a ground out to third to preserve the win.

A full podcast of the game is available by clicking below.


Parkland Crushes Mott to Kick Off Day Two of Nationals

May 18th, 2012

The Cobra bats came alive on Friday morning as they cruised to a 15-2 victory over Mott Community College.  PC exploded for 15 runs over the final four innings in pounding the Bears. Ali Kimble got the call in the circle and did a nice job working her way through the Bear lineup to pick up the win.  She also was a perfect 4-4 at the plate, scoring 4 times and driving in two.  The bottom third of the Parkland lineup paced the attack against the Bears.  Megan DeWerff also had 4 hits and drove in 3 runs, Taylor Hull had 2 doubles and 3 RBI, and Raeshel Braden had 3 hits leading to two runs and two runs batted in.

The win advanced the Cobras into a showdown with the #9 seeded Jayhawks of Muskegon Community College.  Click below for podcast as was there to call the action!


Cobra Baseball Victorious At Regionals

May 18th, 2012

Clay Manering tossed a complete game five-hitter and his Cobra teammates put up 10 runs on 18 hits en route to a 10-2 win over ICC in their opening pound game of the Region 24 Tournament in Springfield. PC will face John Wood at 8:00 on Friday night. The Blazers upended Lincoln Land 8-3 in their first game.

PC got on the board quickly Thursday night as Kieston Greene singled and Wes Minton followed with a blast over the left field wall to put the Cobras up 2-0 after just an inning of play. ICC cut the margin in half with a single tally in the 2nd and PC would get that run back when Jake Pewitt drove in Joey Migliaccio with a single in the 3rd.

The score remained 3-1 until the 5th when both teams would score. ICC put a run in the top of the inning before Bobby Burns got the run right back with a solo home run to make it 4-2.  Both starters would settle into a groove until Parkland would end the contest scoring six times in the bottom of the 8th. Clay Manering (7-3) earned the win allowing just two runs on five hits and striking out 5. He was the beneficiary of an 18 hit attack on offense as Kieston Greene, Jake Pewitt, and Bobby Burns had three hits apiece.

In other first round action Heartland beat Lewis and Clark by the same 10-2 score and Danville out slugged Lincoln 16-8. Friday's action is set to get underway with a pair of elimination games. Lincoln and Lewis and Clark will face off at 11 with ICC and Lincoln Land to follow at 2.  DACC and Heartland take the field at 5 followed by the Cobras and Blazers at 8:00.  There will be no coverage of this game on CobraSports.

Cobras Take Game Two At Nationals

May 17th, 2012

The Parkland Softball team staved off elimination on Thursday as they routed Delaware Tech 9-2 in an elimination game at the NJCAA Softball Nationals. The Cobras move on to face Mott CC of Michigan at 10:00 on Friday.  You can hear that game LIVE on CobraSportsNet.

PC made sure the Roadrunners would never be in this one as the Cobras scored four times in the first and three more in the 2nd to take control early.  With one out, Macy Shupe walked, stole 2nd and 3rd, and scored on a Raeshel Braden single. Dayna McNutt flew out to center but then the Cobra bats came alive with four straight hits. Elizabeth Sprague singled, Tana Rentschler doubled to drive in a run, and Taylor Hull drove in a pair with another single. Leading 4-0, PC struck three more times in the 2nd as Rae Braden drove in a run with a base hit and Elizabeth Sprague hit a two run home run, her 10th of the year.

The Cobras had plenty of chances to put more runs on the board and end the game early but could not get another run across until late. Delaware Tech got a two-out double in the 5th to make it 7-2 but PC would quickly answer back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning as Tab Davis and Kelsey Kniepmann each singled to drive in runs. Winning pitcher Taylor Hull went the distance to earn the win, improving to (10-6) on the year. The Cobras banged out 14 hits in the game with Kniepmann, Shupe, Braden, Sprague, Rentschler, and Hull all getting 2 apiece.

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Softball Nationals: Cobras Drop Game One, 4-3

May 17th, 2012

The Des Moines Area CC Bears used the long ball on Thursday morning as they upended the Parkland Cobras 4-3 in an opening round game of the NJCAA D-2 Softball National Tournament in Clinton, Mississippi. The #11 seeded Bears were one of four lower seeded teams who pulled off upsets in the eight opening round games.

DMACC broke on top in the first starting the game off with a lead-off single and two outs scoring on a double into the right field corner by Stephanie McCune. Jayden Ott started off the 2nd inning with a home run to deep left field to put the visitors on top 2-0. Starter Ali Kimble settled down in the 3rd retiring the side in order before the Cobras would strike back.

Kimble would help her own cause with a lead off double, and one out later she came home on a Kelsey Kniepmann single. Macy Shupe followed with a two-run blast of her own to give the Cobras their first lead at 3-2. The score didn't stay that way long as Ott hit her second home run of the day and 11th of the season to tie the game at 3 in the 4th.  Still tied in the 6th, it looked like Kimble would retire the DMACC line-up in order before Kaili Wells hit a line drive home run to left, her 9th of the year, to give the Bears a 4-3 lead.  Trailing by a run going to their final at bat, the Cobras threatened but could not score. Taylor Hull started the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second by Kimble. Megan DeWerff grounded out to 2nd to move pinch runner Kim Lamar over to 3rd but Kniepmann lined out to center to end the game.

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